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Gáspár Jékely

Position: Research Group Leader
Unit: Jékely
Phone: +49 7071 601 1310
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■ since 2007 Group leader at MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany

■ 2004-2007 Postdoctoral fellow at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
■ 2003-2004 Junior fellow at Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, Hungary
■ 2000-2002 Postdoctoral fellow at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
■ PhD 1999 Genetics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary


John Kendrew Award 2012

ERC Starting Grant 2010

FEBS Long Term Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2006

■ EMBO Long Term Fellowship, 2000-2002

■ EMBO science writing prize 2002

■ Young Researchers’ Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2000

■ Qualitas Biologica Hungarica 1999

Shahidi R, Williams E, Conzelmann M, Asadulina A, Veraszto C, Jasek S, Bezares-Calderon LA, Jekely G. siGOLD: a Serial Multiplex Immunogold Labeling Method for Identifying Peptidergic Neurons in Connectomes. eLife, 2015;10.7554/eLife.11147


Hanswillemenke A, Kuzdere T, Vogel P, Jékely G, Stafforst T. Site-directed RNA editing in vivo can be triggered by the light-driven assembly of an artificial riboprotein. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015 Nov 24;DOI:10.1021/jacs.5b10216.

Randel N, Jékely G. Phototaxis and the origin of visual eyes. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2015 Nov 23;DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0042.

Jékely G, Keijzer F, Godfrey Smith P. An Option Space for Early Neural Evolution. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2015 Dec 19;370(1684).


Gühmann M, Jia H, Randel N, Verasztó C, Bezares-Calderón LA, Michiels NK, Yokoyama S, Jékely G. Spectral Tuning of Phototaxis by a Go-Opsin in the Rhabdomeric Eyes of Platynereis. Curr Biol. 2015;25(17):2265-71.

Asadulina A, Conzelmann M, Williams EA, Panzera A, Jékely G. Object-based representation and analysis of light and electron microscopic volume data using Blender. BMC Bioinformatics, 2015;16:229.


Bauknecht P, Jékely G. Large-scale combinatorial deorphanization of Platynereis neuropeptide GPCRs. Cell Reports, July 16, 2015.


Randel N, Shahidi R, Verasztó C, Bezares-Calderón LA, Schmidt S, Jékely G. Inter-individual stereotypy of the Platynereis larval visual connectome. Elife, 2015 Jun 10;4:e08069.


Jékely G, Jordi Paps J, Nielsen C. The phylogenetic position of ctenophores and the origin(s) of nervous systems. EvoDevo, 2015, 6:1  doi:10.1186/2041-9139-6-1


Williams EA, Conzelmann M, Jékely G. Myoinhibitory peptide regulates feeding in the marine annelid PlatynereisFrontiers in Zoology, 2015, 12:1  doi:10.1186/s12983-014-0093-6


Jékely G. Origin and evolution of the self-organizing cytoskeleton in the network of eukaryotic organelles. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2014 Sep 2;6(9):a016030.


Neuronal connectome of a sensory-motor circuit for visual navigation. Randel N, Asadulina A, Bezares-Calderón LA, Verasztó C, Williams EA, Conzelmann M, Shahidi R, Jékely G. Elife, 2014 May 27:e02730.


The neuropeptide complement of the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii. Conzelmann M, Williams EA, Krug K, Franz-Wachtel M, Macek B, Jékely G. BMC Genomics, 2013 Dec 20;14(1):906.


Doumpas N, Jékely G, Teleman AA. Wnt6 is required for maxillary palp formation in DrosophilaBMC Biology, 2013 Oct 3;11(1):104.


Lapraz F, Rawlinson K, Girstmair J, Tomiczek B, Berger J, Jékely G, Telford M, Egger B. Put a tiger in your tank: the polyclad flatworm Maritigrella crozieri as a model for evodevo. EvoDevo, 2013 Oct 9;4(1):29.


Randel N, Bezares-Calderón LA, Gühmann M, Shahidi R, Jékely G. Expression dynamics and protein localization of rhabdomeric opsins in Platynereis larvae. Integr Comp Biol. 2013 Jul;53(1):7-16


Jékely G. Global view of the evolution and diversity of metazoan neuropeptide signaling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 May 21;110(21):8702-7.


Conzelmann M, Williams EA, Tunaru S, Randel N, Shahidi R, Asadulina A, Berger J, Offermanns S, Jékely G. Conserved MIP receptor-ligand pair regulates Platynereis larval settlement. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110(20):8224-9.

Holder T, Basquin C, Ebert J, Randel N, Jollivet D, Conti E, Jékely G, Bono F. Deep transcriptome-sequencing and proteome analysis of the hydrothermal vent annelid Alvinella pompejana identifies the CvP-bias as a robust measure of eukaryotic thermostability. Biology Direct, 2013, 8:2.

Asadulina A, Panzera A, Verasztó Cs, Liebig C, Jékely G. Whole-body gene expression pattern registration in Platynereis larvae. EvoDevo, 2012, 3:27.

Conzelmann M and Jékely G. Antibodies against conserved amidated neuropeptide epitopes enrich the comparative neurobiology toolbox. EvoDevo, 2012, 3:23.


Conzelmann M, Offenburger SL, Asadulina S, Keller T, Münch TA, Jékely G. Neuropeptides regulate swimming depth of Platynereis larvae. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011. 108(46): p. E1174-83.


Jékely G. Origin and early evolution of neural circuits for the control of ciliary locomotion. Proc Biol Sci. 2011. 278(1707): p. 914-22.


Jékely G. Evolution of phototaxis. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009. 364(1531):2795-808.


Satir P, Mitchell DR, and Jékely G. How did the cilium evolve? Curr Top Dev Biol. 2008. 85: p. 63-82.


Jékely G, Colombelli J, Hausen H, Guy K, Stelzer E, Nédélec F, Arendt D. Mechanism of phototaxis in marine zooplankton. Nature, 2008. 456(7220): p. 395-9.


Jékely G. Origin of the nucleus and Ran-dependent transport to safeguard ribosome biogenesis in a chimeric cell. Biol Direct, 2008. 3: p. 31.


Jékely G. Evolution of the Golgi complex. in The Golgi Apparatus editors: Mironov A, Pavelka M. 2008 SpringerWienNewYork


Arendt D, Denes A, Jékely G, Tessmar-Raible K. The evolution of nervous system centralization. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2008. 363(1496): p. 1523-8.


Jékely, G. and Arendt D. Cellular resolution expression profiling using confocal etection of NBT/BCIP precipitate by reflection microscopy. Biotechniques, 2007. 42(6): p. 751-5.


Jékely G. Origin of phagotrophic eukaryotes as social cheaters in microbial biofilms. Biol Direct, 2007. 2: p. 3.


Jékely G. Origin of eukaryotic endomembranes: a critical evaluation of different model scenarios. Adv Exp Med Biol, 2007. 607: p.38-51.


Denes A1, Jékely G1, Steinmetz P, Raible F, Snyman H, Prud’homme B, Ferrier D, Balavoine G, Arendt D. Molecular architecture of annelid nerve cord supports common origin of nervous system centralization in bilateria. Cell, 2007. 129(2): p. 277-88. 1Equally contributing authors


Jékely, G. and Arendt D. Evolution of intraflagellar transport from coated vesicles and autogenous origin of the eukaryotic cilium. Bioessays, 2006. 28(2): p. 191-8.


Jékely G. Did the last common ancestor have a biological membrane? Biol Direct, 2006. 1: p. 35.


Jékely G, Sung H, Luque CM,  Rørth P. Regulators of endocytosis maintain localized receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in guided migration. Dev Cell, 2005. 9(2): p. 197-207.


Jékely G. Glimpsing over the event horizon: evolution of nuclear pores and envelope. Cell Cycle, 2005. 4(2): p. 297-9.


Fritzsch B, Piatigorsky J, Tessmar-Raible K, Jékely G, Guy K, Raible F, Wittbrodt J, Arendt D. Ancestry of Photic and Mechanic Sensation? Science, 2005. 308(5725): p. 1113-1114.


Farkas A, Tompa P, Schád E, Sinka R, Jékely G, Friedrich P. Autolytic activation and localization in Schneider cells (S2) of calpain B from Drosophila. Biochem J, 2004. 378(Pt 2): p. 299-305.


Jékely, G. and Rørth P. Hrs mediates downregulation of multiple signalling receptors in Drosophila. EMBO Rep, 2003. 4(12): p. 1163-8.


Jékely G. Small GTPases and the evolution of the eukaryotic cell. Bioessays, 2003. 25(11): p. 1129-38.


Schád E, Farkas A, Jékely G, Tompa P, Friedrich P. A novel human small subunit of calpains. Biochem J, 2002. 362(Pt 2): p. 383-8.


Jékely G. Evolution in a nutshell. EMBL PhD student symposium on evolution. EMBO Rep, 2002. 3(4): p. 307-11.


Jékely G. The human genome sequence. A triumph of chemistry: If the history of molecular biology is written in the future, the first chapter should be devoted to the chemists who did the ground work. EMBO Rep, 2002. 3(7): p. 594-5.


Szabo, K., G. Jékely, Rørth P. Cloning and expression of sprint, a Drosophila homologue of RIN1. Mech Dev, 2001. 101(1-2): p. 259-62.


Duchek P, Somogyi K, Jékely G, Beccari S, Rørth P. Guidance of cell migration by the Drosophila PDGF/VEGF receptor. Cell, 2001. 107(1): p. 17-26.


Jékely G. M. Pinter, Friedrich P. Drosophila calpains. Purification of a calpain-like enzyme from fruit flies, and expression in Escherichia coli. Methods Mol Biol, 2000. 144: p. 67-74.


Jékely, G. and Friedrich P. The evolution of the calpain family as reflected in paralogous chromosome regions. J Mol Evol, 1999. 49(2): p. 272-81.


Jékely, G. and Friedrich P. Characterization of two recombinant Drosophila calpains. CALPA and a novel homolog, CALPB. J Biol Chem, 1999. 274(34): p. 23893-900.


Pintér M, Jékely G, Szepesi RJ, Farkas A, Theopold U, Meyer HE, Lindholm D, Nässel DR, Hultmark D, Friedrich P. TER94, a Drosophila homolog of the membrane fusion protein CDC48/p97, is accumulated in nonproliferating cells: in the reproductive organs and in the brain of the imago. Insect Biochem Mol Biol, 1998. 28(2): p. 91-8.



Jékely G. (editor) Eukaryotic Membranes and Cytoskeleton: Origins and Evolution. 2007, Landes Bioscience.

Jékely G. Master, are you awake? A fictitious dialogue on genetics, development and evolution. (in Hungarian) 2006, Bratislava: Kalligram.


Popular writings

Jékely G. The origin of animal eyes (in Hungarian), Természet Világa 2009.

Jékely G. The brain developing genes (in Hungarian), Természet Világa 2003.

Jékely G. The raw materials of evolution, the duplicated genes (in Hungarian), Élet és Tudomány 2000.

Jékely G. Science and dogmatics (in Hungarian), Természet Világa, 2000.

Jékely G. Hundred years of genetics (in Hungarian), Természet Világa 2000.

Jékely G. The axioms of the infidel (in Hungarian), Természet Világa 2000.

Jékely G. Teleological spider webs (in Hungarian), Természet Világa 1998.